Shooting in Sh*tty Light

Shooting in Sh*tty Light

The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them

Book - 2013
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Describes ten conditions for poor lighting in photography, including harsh midday light, extremely low light, and night photography, and provides solutions for all skill levels and equipment availability.

Sometimes photographers have to shoot in less than ideal lighting situations. Maybe the wedding is mid-day in the middle of a field, or perhaps the event is in a florescent-lit room. These scenarios can be particularly intimidating for beginning photographers who don't know how to handle the many undesirable lighting situations they may encounter.

In Shooting in Sh*tty Light, professional photographers Lindsay Adler and Erik Valind cover the top ten worst lighting situations and provide a variety of solutions for each. They explain which solutions are most practical and why one option might be preferable over another, examining such problems as extremely low lighting when no flash is allowed, strong backlight, and the light on an overcast day.


Unlike other books that focus on natural light or lighting in general, this book addresses a very real need of beginning photographers, answering the question, “What do I do when the lighting is terrible?” Lindsay and Erik candidly show you the tools at your disposal, demonstrating the techniques essential to getting the job done with minimal fuss.

  • Shows how to deal with ten of the worst lighting situations, such as harsh midday light, extremely low light, and mixed light.
  • Offers real-life examples and practical solutions for handling poor light, such as identifying natural reflectors, bouncing light off a wall, or utilizing flash gels. 
  • Features a fun, conversational style to help you conquer the fear of poor lighting and approach any lighting situation with confidence!

Book News
Focusing on ten different poor lighting situations, professional photographers Adler and Valind offer a variety of solutions for getting the best shot under less than desirable circumstances. Organized in ten chapters, this survival guide includes tips for dealing with direct sunlight, fluorescents, mixed lights, low lights, backlights, deep contrast and nighttime shooting. With accessible terms, helpful tips and visual examples, this is a must have for beginning photographers trying to master the delicate art of lighting. Includes a glossary and equipment appendix. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: [San Francisco, CA] : Peachpit Press, 2013
Description: xv, 223 p. : ill. col. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780321862693
Branch Call Number: 778.7 Adl
Additional Contributors: Valind, Erik.


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